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Redeye is a weekly show broadcast on Vancouver Cooperative Radio, CFRO 100.5fm. The show has been on the air for over 35 years, providing high-quality public affairs and arts programming to people looking for a progressive take on current events.


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In his first book, The Skin We’re In, journalist and activist Desmond Cole challenges the complacency of people who believe Canada is a post-racial nation. He chronicles just one year—2017—in the struggle against racism in this country. Desmond Cole was in Vancouver recently as part of a cross-country tour talking about his book. He joined us in our studio for a lively and engaging conversation about the realities that Black people face every day in Canada. 
Topics: Black, people, Canada, racism, schools, Lives, Matter, gay, pride, police, education, prison,...
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Almost 100 years ago, the Canada, Manitoba and Ontario allowed massive flooding of the Lac Seul First Nation reserve for a hydroelectric project.  The Supreme Court of Canada has found that Canada did not seek Lac Seul First Nation’s consent to flood the lands, nor did it expropriate them under the Indian Act. In addition, the Lac Seul First Nation were never adequately compensated for their loss. We speak with Chief Clifford Bull of the Lac Seul First Nation.
Topics: Indigenous, Lac, Seul, court, compensation, flooding, Ontario, Manitoba, hydroelectric, Indian, Act
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Author Mike Berners-Lee figured out the carbon footprint of more than a hundred things from sending an email or installing solar panels to starting a war. His goal is to give us a carbon instinct which we can use to make a reasonable guesstimate about anything and everything. Mike Berners-Lee speaks with Redeye host Jane Williams. Check out our  website  for more information about Redeye. Find us on Facebook and like our  page  for regular updates.     
Topics: carbon footprint, environment, climate change, greenhouse gases, food
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In 2017,  El Salvador became the first country in the world to pass a comprehensive law banning on metals mining nationwide. The vote was the result of a 12-year struggle by small farmers and their allies to protect the waters of the Lempa River from the impact of gold mining. Robin Broad and John Cavanagh tell this incredible story in their new book The Water Defenders: How Ordinary People Saved A Country From Corporate Greed. We speak with John Cavanagh.
Topics: Salvador, metal, gold, mining, ban, water, defenders, corporations, court, damages, Canada
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In May, the federal government added plastic manufactured items to the toxic substances list of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act. Campaigners to ban single-use plastic say this is an important first step in reducing the amount of plastic garbage in the environment. Laura Yates is Oceans & Plastics Campaigner with Greenpeace.
Topics: ban, CEPA, federal, environment, ocean, plastics, waste, single-use, toxic
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The Canadian government says its aid helps Africa to increase food security and stimulate economic growth. In his new book, Yves Engler argues that this is largely public relations spin. He says that what Canada has really been doing in Africa over the past 30 years is a new form of colonialism. Yves Engler speaks with Redeye host Esther Hsieh. Check out our  website for more information about Redeye. Find us on Facebook and like our  page  for regular updates.     
Topics: Canada, Africa, aid, neocolonialism, World Bank, IMF, structural adjustment, neoliberalism
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Recent revelations show that Canada’s electronic spy agency records and analyzes up to 15 million downloads per day. The CSE is also tracking visits to government websites and collecting emails to MPs. David Christopher is a spokesperson for Open Media. He speaks with Redeye host James Mainguy. Check out our  website  for more information about Redeye. Find us on Facebook and like our  page  for regular updates.     
Topics: privacy, Internet, spying, electronic surveillance, CSE, communications, federal government, Edward...
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The Wilderness Committee has released a report reflecting the concerns and priorities of leaders in Northern BC.  “Northern Vision and Voices: What the region needs to thrive in a changing world” was written by Megan Gordon after six months of interviews in the North. The report says it’s time for British Columbia to invest in building strong communities across the region. We talk with Peter McCartney, climate campaigner for the Wilderness Committee.
Topics: North, northern, BC, British, Columbia, resource, investments, First, Nations, settler,...
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Yves Engler challenges us to look at why so many Canadians believe that Canada’s contribution to international affairs is overwhelmingly positive. He tackles the nationalism of traditional Left parties like the NDP and the CCF, and asks why Canadian unions largely ignore international affairs. Yves Engler’s new book is titled Left, Right: Marching to the Beat of Imperial Canada. 
Topics: Canada, imperialism, colonialism, left-wing, NDP, Haiti, Palestine, nationalism, politics, labour,...
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Discover Canada is the official study guide for people who are preparing to take the Canadian citizenship test. But its portrayal of Canada is far from accurate, according to five women faculty members at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. They say it whitewashes colonialism, conceals genocide and minimizes systemic racism. We speak with Anne-Emanuelle Birn, Professor of Critical Development Studies and Global Health at the University of Toronto. Read the article:...
Topics: Canada, citizenship, study, guide, racism, colonialism, immigrants, test, history, Indigenous
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Over-representation of Indigenous peoples in the criminal justice system is an ongoing crisis in Canada. In B.C., the First Nations Justice Council is implementing a strategy to bring down the number of people who become involved with the criminal justice system. Mitch Walker is with the First Nations Justice Council and he joins us today to talk about this strategy and more specifically, Gladue reports, which can play a pivotal role in this new approach.
Topics: Indigenous, justice, system, criminal, jail, over-representation, First, Nations, racism, systemic,...
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In 2011, the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear reactor in Japan experienced a triple meltdown. Japanese officials still don’t have a clear idea of what has happened inside the reactor. Gordon Edwards is President of the Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility. Gordon Edwards speaks with Redeye host Jane Williams. Check out our  website  for more information about Redeye. Find us on Facebook and like our  page  for regular updates.    fukushima, nuclear power, meltdown, tsunami,...
Topics: fukushima, nuclear power, meltdown, tsunami, radiation, pacific, contamination, Japan, environment
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Ahed Tamimi is a Palestinian teenager, famous around the world for standing up to the Israeli occupation. Janna Ayyad is a child journalist from the same village who documents the violence she sees around her. Jesse Roberts is the director of the award-winning documentary Radiance of Resistance which profiles these two remarkable girls. The film is playing in Vancouver on Tuesday April 10.  In this episode, a conversation with Jesse Roberts.
Topics: Ahed Tamimi, BDS, Israeli occupation, West Bank, resistance
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The 2021 Federal Budget promised to support people living in Indigenous communities, and allocate over $18 billion over the next five years to improve the quality of life and create new opportunities. Riley Yesno says as “historic and unprecedented” as this Budget may be, that does not mean it is sufficient. Riley Yesno is a queer Anishinaabe writer, researcher, and public speaker from Eabametoong First Nation. She is currently a Canadian Journalism Foundation Fellow, and a Yellowhead...
Topics: budget, federal, Indigenous, inequity, health, housing, infrastructure, MMIWG, reconciliation, water
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Migrant rights advocates estimate that 1.6M people in Canada don't have permanent resident status and at least 500,000 people are undocumented. Both groups could have problems getting the vaccine. Last week, the Migrant Rights Network sent a letter signed by more than 250 organizations calling on the prime ministers and provincial and territorial leaders to make sure that vaccines are available for everyone in Canada, regardless of immigration status. We speak with Dr. Danyaal Raza of Canadian...
Topics: vaccine, access, equal, migrant, undocumented, Covid-19, frontline, essential, health, care, CBSA
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According to a recent study, more than one and a half million child laborers were working in cocoa growing areas of Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana in 2019. In a landmark human rights case, eight young men from Mali are bringing a class action suit against big chocolate companies. They managed to escape after being trafficked as children and forced to harvest cocoa in Cote D’Ivoire.  We speak with lawyer and executive director of International Rights Advocates Terry Collingsworth.
Topics: chocolate, labour, enslaved, children, trafficking, corporations, Mali, Africa, class, action,...
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A group of Xinka people in Guatemala opposes the development of the Escobal mine, owned by Vancouver based Pan American Silver. Members of the Peaceful Resistance of Santa Rosa, Jalapa, and Jutiapa have been shot at and received death threats in response to requests for a consultative process, a request which has been upheld in court. Jen Moore is an associate fellow with the Institute for Policy Studies. She joins us from Mexico City to discuss the mine and the resistance to it.
Topics: Escobal, mine, silver, Pan, American, Xinka, resistance, Guatemala, mining, industry
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A new trade agreement, known as CUSMA, replaced the 26-year-old North American Free Trade agreement was signed late last year.  Now it’s before the Canadian government for ratification. Scott Sinclair is senior trade researcher at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. He takes us through the new agreement to see what’s changed.
Topics: NAFTA, CUSMA, trade, Canada, US, Mexico, health, drugs, labour, environment, investor, state,...
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On July 21, over 200 people are signed up to speak to a motion brought by councillor Jean Swanson calling for the police board to itemize the work officers do related to mental health, homelessness, drug use and sex work. The motion is the first step in an attempt to move funding from the VPD and into community-led harm reduction and safety initiatives. We speak with Taz Khandwani about what the motion says and what it hopes to achieve.
Topics: racism, police, violence, brutality, defund, mental, health, homelessness, VPD, Vancouver, drugs
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As the world struggles with the second wave of the pandemic and vaccines are being rolled out, we are starting to hear calls for an app that could store a record of a Covid-19 vaccination. Françoise Baylis is a philosopher with a special interest in medical ethics. She tells us some of her concerns with how a vaccination record for Covid-19 could be used. 
Topics: Covid-19, vaccine, vaccination, passport, pandemic, travel, passport, immunity
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There is a new global elite who control our economic future. In his new book, former Project Censored director and media monitoring sociologist Peter Phillips unveils who these players are. The book includes such power players as Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Jamie Dimon, and Warren Buffett. We speak with Peter Phillips about the transnational capitalist class.
Topics: elite, capital, capitalism, growth, power, economy, media, global, giants, wealth, transnational,...
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Project Guardian is a Canada Border Services Agency project targeting foreign caregivers in their employer’s homes. Advocates say workers are being penalized for leaving exploitative workplaces. The West Coast Domestic Workers Association is one of the groups calling for fairer treatment for temporary foreign workers.  Natalie Drolet is executive director of the West Coast Domestic Workers Association. She speaks with Redeye host Jane Williams. Check out our  website for more information...
Topics: foreign, workers, domestic, migrant, caregivers, immigration, work permit, CBSA, employment, labour
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Next Tuesday, Vancouver City Council will debate a motion by NPA councillor Sarah Kirby-Yung called Combatting Anti-Semitism. Neil Naiman of Independent Jewish Voices of Canada is concerned that the way the motion is worded will suppress and even criminalize criticism of Israel and support for Palestinian rights. He explains why. 
Topics: Israel, Palestine, anti-semitism, racism, Vancouver, council, Zionism, racism
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Agriculture Canada recently launched consultations on a model that would make the ancient practice of freely saving and reusing seed illegal.  The proposed royalty scheme would force farmers to pay millions of dollars to seed companies every year and make the ancient practice of freely saving and reusing seed illegal. We speak with Ian Robson, Manitoba regional coordinator for the National Farmers Union.
Topics: seeds, royalties, Monsanto, GMO, farmers, agriculture, food, security, NFU
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In November last year, the National Association of Japanese Canadians delivered a report recommending key actions to address the historic wrongs committed against Japanese Canadians. In this episode, elder and human rights campaigner Mary Kitagawa talks about the intangible harms of internment. Following that, Judy Hanazawa, president of the Greater Vancouver Japanese Canadian Citizens Association, talks about the recommendations for redress.
Topics: Japanese, Canadian, redress, racism, WWII, internment, apology, BC, government, removal
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The Vancouver School Boards owns billions of dollars worth of property around Vancouver, including the land that the Kingsgate Mall is located on. Some VSB trustees are considering selling off land to private developers to meet funding priorities. OneCity school board trustee Jennifer Reddy is opposed to what she calls the privatization of public land. She explains her concerns.
Topics: VSB, school, land, development, seismic, privatization, Vancouver, property
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On June 29, the BC Supreme Court ruled that the B.C. government had breached the treaty rights of the Blueberry River First Nations. In her ruling, Justice Burke said that the province has allowed so much development in their territory that they can no longer meaningfully exercise their rights under Treaty 8. Lawyers for the Blueberry River First Nations have called the ruling a ‘complete vindication’ of the Nations’ position. Lisa Glowacki is co-counsel for the Nations.
Topics: treaty, 8, rights, blueberry river, first, nations, oil, gas, logging, hydroelectric, Site, C,...
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With a potential vaccine against Covid-19 many months away, some governments are exploring the idea of proof-of-immunity cards for Covid-19.  Francoise Baylis says we should fight tooth and nail against proof-of-immunity cards. Francoise Baylis is University Research Professor at Dalhousie University in Halifax and co-author with Harvard molecular biologist Natalie Kofler of an opinion piece published recently on CBC online. I spoke with Francoise Baylis on May 12.
Topics: passport, immunity, card, vaccine, Covid-19, pandemic, Canada, discrimination, health,...
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Ian Mass attended a panel discussion recently focusing on important planning decisions made by Vancouver City Council during their first year in power. The panel came up with the top five transformational policies that are going to shape the city and the region in the next few years. He also talks about a newly-released discussion paper on the future of cooperative housing in Vancouver.
Topics: City, Beat, housing, density, Squamish, development, expropriation, climate, action, cooperative,...
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A new book follows two separate women as they go through abortions,  one surgical, one medical. Leah Hayes wrote and illustrated Not So Funny Ha Ha: A Handbook for Something Hard. She’s an illustrator, musician and songwriter. Leah Hayes speaks with Redeye host Lorraine Chisholm. Check out our  website  for more information about Redeye. Find us on Facebook and like our  page  for regular updates.     
Topics: abortion, surgery, medical, pro-choice, women, feminism, comic, illustration
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The methane leaking from a natural gas well just north of Los Angeles has displaced hundreds of families and released thousands of tonsof gas into the atmosphere. Hop Hopkins is senior organizing manager in California for the Sierra Club. He speaks with Redeye host James Mainguy. Check out our  website for more information about Redeye. Find us on Facebook and like our  page  for regular updates.   
Topics: methane, leak, california, los angeles, greenhouse gas, emissions
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Mohammed Alsaleh was accepted as a government-sponsored refugee in 2014. Now he’s having to resort to a crowdfunding campaign to raise the $30,000 he needs to sponsor the rest of his family. His mother, brother and two sisters fled Syria too late to get registered by the UNHCR. Mohammed Alsaleh speaks with Redeye host James Mainguy. Check out our  website for more information about Redeye. Find us on Facebook and like our  page  for regular updates.     
Topics: Syria, refugees, UNHCR, privately-sponsored, government-sponsored, crowdfunding, Turkey, Jordan
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128 speakers have signed up this week to talk to Vancouver city council about upzoning and densifying much of Vancouver for social housing. Council was also considering support for prioritizing Commercial Drive as a pedestrian-first street, patents on Covid-19 vaccines, accessible washrooms at Skytrain stations and an apology for a decision made 107 years ago. Ian Mass joins us with his City Beat report.
Topics: density, social, housing, zoning, upzoning, Commercial, vaccines, accessible, Skytrain, patents
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On October 25, over a million people took to the streets of Santiago, Chile in the largest mobilization since the end of the dictatorship. President Sebastián Piñera has announced a major cabinet reshuffle and introduces a few reforms but mass protests continue. José Arias Bustamante is a forest engineer from Chile, currently doing graduate work at UBC. He speaks with us about the roots of the uprising and the goals of the movements involved in the protests.
Topics: Chile, neoliberalism, protests, repression, human, rights, privatization, austerity, dictatorship,...
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Rick McGowan is with the Metrotown Residents Association, a group that is concerned about the loss of hundreds of low-rise walk-ups in Burnaby. He says the new NDP government should call an immediate halt to the demolition of purpose-built rental housing throughout Metro Vancouver and bring in an affordable housing strategy to protect low-income renters. Check out our website for more information about Redeye. Subscribe to our podcast on iTunes.
Topics: homelessness, affordable housing, Metrotown, Vancouver, low-income
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When the votes were tallied on Monday night, the Liberals landed 13 seats short of a majority, with the Bloc Quebecois surging in Quebec and the NDP unable to capitalize on a strong campaign by Jagmeet Singh. Derrick O’Keefe is a long-time Vancouver activist, writer and co-founder of Ricochet. He joins us to give us his take on what happened on Monday night and what we should push for going forward.
Topics: election, federal, Bloc, NDP, Liberal, results, analysis, Green, pipelines, wealth, tax, Trudeau,...
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Hereditary Chief Smogelgem is one of two plaintiffs in a case against Coastal Gas Link to try and stop a pipeline going through Wetsu’et’en territory. The Coastal Gas Link pipeline is part of a  project to move natural gas to the proposed LNG Canada facility in Kitimat.  A large portion of the 670 km route is slated to go through Wet'suwet'en traditional territory. We recorded Chief Smogelgem speaking to a Vancouver audience on April 3.
Topics: Indigenous, pipeline, land, defender, gas, oil, industry, environment, fracking, direct, action,...
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For the past 40 years, the federal government has subsidized housing coops. Now the original agreements are expiring and there is no plan in place for their renewal. Thom Armstrong is executive director of the Co-operative Housing Federation of British Columbia. He speaks with Redeye host Jane Williams. Check out our  website  for more information about Redeye. Find us on Facebook and like our  page  for regular updates. 
Topics: housing coops, affordable housing, federal government, non-profit sector
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The privatization of Mexico’s oil and gas resources in 2013 has allowed US and Canadian energy companies access to the market south of the US border. But companies like Sempra Energy and TransCanada are facing resistance from the Yaqui and Otomi people over pipelines crossing the US-Mexican border and infringing on indigenous land rights. We speak with Steve Horn, a freelance investigative journalist based in San Diego. 
Topics: oil and gas industry, TransCanada, pipelines, Indigenous resistance, Mexico
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Despite the urgency of the housing crisis, overdose emergency and accelerating climate change, the first action that the brand new Vancouver City Council took last year was a motion to develop a three year City-wide planning process. Six months later City staff is back before Council with a proposed planning process.  Our City Beat reporter Ian Mass was listening attentively to all of the coded political language embedded in discussion of the proposed plan. Ian Mass talks with Redeye host...
Topics: city, beat, planning, process, Vancouver, council, neighbourhood
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BC Housing intends transfer over 350 properties to non-profit organizations over the next three years. This has both residents and housing activists concerned. Spencer Chandra Herbert is MLA for the West End of Vancouver where one of the first units to be sold is located. Spencer Chandra Herbert speaks with Redeye host Jim Mainguy. Check out our  website  for more information about Redeye. Find us on Facebook and like our  page  for regular updates.    public housing, BC Housing,...
Topics: public housing, BC Housing, non-profits, West End, Strathcona, homelessness, low-income
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A recent report by the Privacy Commissioner says that six RCMP investigations back in 2015 were in violation of the Charter because a Stingray device was used to collect mobile phone data without a warrant. The commissioner looked into the RCMP’s use of Stingrays in response to a complaint from public-interest group Open Media. David Christopher is with Open Media.     Check out our website for more information about Redeye. Subscribe to our podcast on iTunes.  
Topics: Stingray device, surveillance, privacy, RCMP, police
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In November, the Bank of Canada introduced a new $10 bill featuring the image of Viola Desmond. Viola Desmond has often been compared to Rosa Parks, the U.S. civil rights activist. But Viola Desmond’s act of defiance in a New Glasgow movie theatre in 1946 is just one aspect of a remarkable life as a businesswoman in Nova Scotia. Wanda Robson is Viola Desmond’s sister; Graham Reynolds is professor emeritus and the Viola Desmond Chair in Social Justice at Cape Breton University. Together,...
Topics: civil, rights, racism, Blacks, Nova, Scotia, Viola, Desmond, $10, bill, discrimination, business,...
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We spoke with Anishinaabe comedian and media maker Ryan McMahon when he was in Vancouver to give the keynote speech for Media Democracy Day. One of of his recent projects is the documentary Colonization Road with filmmaker Michelle St. John. Ryan McMahon speaks with Redeye host Jane Williams. Check out our  website for more information about Redeye. Find us on Facebook and like our  page  for regular updates.     
Topics: stand up, comic, comedy, First Nations, Aboriginal, Colonization Road, reconciliation, podcast, Red...
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Eliza Gilkyson describes her just-released album 2020 as a collection of sing-alongs, diatribes, marching songs and love letters to the Earth. We caught up with her at her home in Austin, Texas for an extended conversation about politics, music and the significance of this year in the United States.
Topics: 2020, Eliza, Gilkyson, singer, songwriter, folk, US, election, anthems, politics, progressive,...
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As many B.C. regions experience severe drought, municipalities and First Nations are calling for the government to stop issuing groundwater extraction licences to commercial bottling companies. The province is currently sitting on at least eight permit applications for water-bottling operations, one of which concerns the town of Golden in the Rocky Mountains. Annette Lutterman is an ecologist and a resident of Golden.
Topics: water-bottling, licences, moratorium, municipalities, First, Nations, aquifer, groundwater, drought
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There are more than 100 housing co-ops in Vancouver, the majority located on land leased from the City of Vancouver. Many of these leases are expiring over the next decade and the City and the Co-op Housing Federation have been talking about what to do for the last 5 years. Council will make a decision this week. This and more in Redeye’s regular City Beat report with Ian Mass.
Topics: co-ops, housing, city, beat, cooperative, leases, Trutch, renaming, CHF, density
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A speech by Indigenous economist and author Winona LaDuke, recorded in January in Vancouver, BC. She talks about the successful fight against a Kinder Morgan pipeline in Minnesota, the resistance at Standing Rock and her work in rural and community development on the White Earth reservation.
Topics: Winona LaDuke, economics, Indigenous, food, pipelines
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The land in Papua New Guinea is almost entirely controlled by local communities with very little private ownership. Yet a legal loophole has allowed foreign companies to log and export tropical wood from the country against the wishes of the customary owners of the land. Now, a successful court challenge will return thousands of hectares to villagers. Frederic Mousseau is author of the report The Great Timber Heist for the Oakland Institute. He speaks with Redeye host Jane Williams. Check out...
Topics: Papua New Guinea, customary land rights, forestry, land grab, tropical wood, colonialism, logging
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The second of a series of three talks on Islamophobia, recorded January 28 2019, at an event to commemorate the massacre of six Muslim men at a Quebec City mosque two years ago. The second speaker is Itrath Sayed, a PhD candidate at Simon Fraser University. Itrath Sayed is a long-time community activist who has engaged issues of gender equality and Islamophobia both within and outside the Muslim community.
Topics: Islamophobia, Muslims, Quebec, shooting, mosque, discrimination, racism, gender, racism
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Ian Mosby and Tracy Galloway looked at studies of famine survivors from Russia, China and the Netherlands to understand the long-term health consequences of childhood malnutrition. They say that the high rates of obesity, heart disease and diabetes among Indigenous populations is linked to the constant hunger that parents and grandparents experienced in residential schools. We speak with Ian Mosby, historian of food, health and colonialism at the University of Toronto and the University of...
Topics: residential schools, hunger, diabetes, heart disease, Indigenous people
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Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson is a Haida musician, artist and lawyer who has represented the Haida Nation at the Supreme Court of Canada. She spoke at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC on Sept 14 at the launch of David Boyd’s new book, The Rights of Nature: A legal revolution that could save the world. Check out our website for more information about Redeye. Subscribe to our podcast on iTunes.
Topics: Haida, environment, rights of nature, Indigenous, First Nations
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On June 17, the digital publication The Narwhal hosted an online event to look at meaningful solutions to the crisis of old-growth logging. Sarah Cox is BC investigative reporter for the Narwhal. She interviews Garry Merkel, a registered professional forester from the Tahltan Nation and co-chair of BC’s old-growth strategic review panel. We’d like to thank The Narwhal for permission to broadcast this interview. 
Topics: BC, British, Columbia, forests, old-growth, logging, review, forestry, Fairy, Creek, Narwhal,...
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Real estate investment trusts (REITs) are large investment companies that own, and in most cases operate, rental apartment buildings. Housing activists say REITs result in the loss of affordable rental units and drive gentrification, in order to make the highest profit for their investors. On February 9, Vancouver city councillor Jean Swanson is bringing a motion to the council meeting that is designed to protect affordable rental housing in Vancouver. We talk with Sara Sagaii of the Vancouver...
Topics: rental, housing, apartments, affordable, REITs, real, estate, investment, Vancouver,...
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After the remains of 215 children were found on the grounds of the old Kamloops Indian Residential School, there have been expressions of shock and grief, but also calls to action.  Kukdookaa Terri Brown is a Crow Clan member of the Tahltan Nation. She is former chief of her people and former president of the Native Women’s Association of Canada. She served 6 years with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada where she heard many stories of children going missing or not returning...
Topics: Kamloops, KIRS, residential, schools, genocide, remains, 215, children, TRC, truth, reconciliation
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Lawyer and activist Hasan Alam was one of the speakers Thursday June 10 in Vancover at a vigil for the Afzaal family in London, Ontario, murdered by a white supremacist on Sunday night. Hasan Alam was one of the co-founders of the Islamophobia Legal Assistance hotline in 2015.
Topics: white, supremacy, Islamophobia, Afzaal, vigil, family, racism, Muslim, Islam
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Early signs suggest that race matters, when it comes to COVID-19. In Chicago, black residents are 30 per cent of the population, but make up more than 70 per cent of COVID-19-related deaths. And yet Canada doesn't collect race-based data. In a recent article on Policy Options, physician Aimée-Angélique Bouka and academic Yolande Bouka argue that Canada should be collecting better health data that looks closely at the intersecting issues of race and immigration. 
Topics: health, healthcare, race, immigration, status, medical, Covid-19, pandemic, policy, labour,...
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As B.C. expands the safe supply program for illicit drugs, researchers are calling on the province to do the same for people living with severe alcohol dependencies. BC currently has five of Canada’s managed alcohol programs – known as MAPs. We speak with Meaghan Brown is a PhD candidate at the UVic school of nursing and collaborator on the Canadian MAP Study at the University of Victoria.
Topics: safe, supply, drugs, harm, reduction, alcohol, homelessness
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While everyone knows that the rich have a lot more money than the poor, we appear to have no idea just how big that gap is. A new article takes a  look at our misconceptions about inequality.  Nicholas Fitz is the author of Economic Inequality: It’s Far Worse Than You Think, published this March in Scientific American. Nicholas Fitz speaks with Redeye host James Mainguy. Check out our  website  for more information about Redeye. Find us on Facebook and like our  page  for regular...
Topics: economy, inequality, rich, poor, wealth, taxes, corporations, income disparity, the one percent
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It’s 2020, and Canada is not on track to meet our greenhouse gas emissions targets. To do so, we’ll need radical systemic change to how we live and work—and fast. How can we ever achieve this? Top policy analyst and author Seth Klein reveals we can do it now because did it before during the Second World War. We speak with Seth Klein about how wartime thinking and community efforts can be repurposed for Canada’s own Green New Deal. 
Topics: climate, crisis, change, global, environment, greenhouse, gas, emission, Green, New, Deal, Canada,...
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Annabel Soutar is a playwright who brings a journalistic awareness to her theatre production, with the dialogue taken verbatim from interviews and news stories. Her latest play is Seeds and it looks at the court battle between canola farmer Percy Schmeiser and the agribusiness giant Monsanto. Seeds is playing around Vancouver, starting January 19. Annabel Soutar speaks with Redeye host James Mainguy. Check out our  website for more information about Redeye. Find us on Facebook and like our ...
Topics: Monsanto, GMOs, canola, Supreme Court, Canada, Saskatchewan, Percy Schmeiser, Seeds, theatre
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Vancouver’s premier chamber opera company commissioned Marie Clements to write the libretto, then they selected a composer. Now they are ready to bring Missing to local communities to workshop. Charles Barber is artistic director of City Opera. He speaks with Redeye host Jane Williams.   Check out our  website for more information about Redeye. Find us on Facebook and like our  page  for regular updates.     
Topics: Missing, City Opera, Highway of Tears, chamber opera, First Nations, missing and murdered women,...
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The recently released report, A New Future for Old Forests, contains 14 recommendations on how BC can better manage its endangered old-growth forests. Jens Wieting applauds the report but is concerned about the BC government’s response to it. Jens Wieting is senior forest and climate campaigner with the Sierra Club.
Topics: old-growth, forests, logging, clear-cuts, sustainable, endangered, forestry, Indigenous, First,...
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Dozens of anti-wind organizations have sprung up following the imposition of large-scale renewable projects on rural communities. Community-owned power projects could turn that opposition around but they need the support of provincial governments. Saskatchewan just took a step in the wrong direction. James Wilt is a Winnipeg-based freelance journalist who frequently writes for DeSmog Canada and Vice Canada. He speaks with Redeye host Esther Hsieh.   Check out our  website for more information...
Topics: wind power, solar, renewable energy, large-scale utilities, SaskWind, Ontario, natural gas, fossil...
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When governments try to protect the environment or promote the local economy, free trade agreements allow companies to sue for billions of dollars for lost profits. Murray Dobbin is an author and journalist. He writes a regular column for the online magazine The Tyee. Murray Dobbin speaks with Redeye host Sean Mullen about the impact free trade agreements have on local autonomy. Check out our  website  for more information about Redeye. Find us on Facebook and like our  page  for regular...
Topics: free trade, NAFTA, CETA, corporations, economy, environment, trade agreements
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At this time of year, many of us are thinking about where to make charitable donations. Cathy Crowe says we should put most of our dollars into organizations advocating for social justice.  Cathy Crowe is a Toronto street nurse, author and filmmaker. She explains her formula for giving to Redeye host Sean Mullen. Check out our  website  for more information about Redeye. Find us on Facebook and like our  page  for regular updates.     
Topics: charity, social justice, homelessness, housing, advocacy, shelters, strategy, social change
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Hassan Diab’s ordeal began over 12 years ago when France requested his extradition in relation to the bombing of a Paris synagogue in 1980.  Hassan was extradited to France in 2014 where he spent 3 years in solitary confinement. Finally French authorities dropped all charges against Hassan Diab, citing lack of evidence, and Diab returned to Canada. Now a French court has said it wants to proceed to trial in his case. Tim McSorley of the International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group says the...
Topics: Diab, France, extradition, Canada, terrorism, Muslim, Islamophobia, justice, legislation, Trudeau
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Larry Gambone was part of the Yippie movement in Vancouver. His recent memoir No Regrets has just been published by Black Cat Press. Larry Gambone speaks about his experiences in the movement with Redeye host Lorraine Chisholm. Check out our  website for more information about Redeye. Find us on Facebook and like our  page  for regular updates.     
Topics: counter-culture, Vancouver, Yippies, Vietnam war, anarchism, the Sixties
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A group calling itself the Justin Trudeau Brigade have been blocking access to Kinder Morgan’s Burnaby terminal once or twice a week. The pipeline company is expanding the Westridge Marine Terminal to accommodate as many as 34 oil tankers a month. David Mivasair explains what the group hopes to achieve with this action.
Topics: Kinder Morgan, direct action, Justin Trudeau, pipelines, oil tankers
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Stephen Harper dismissed renewed calls for a national inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women, saying the recent murder of Tina Fontaine was a crime, not a sociological phenomenon. Rashmee Singh is a professor of sociology and legal studies at the University of Waterloo. She takes issues with Harper’s statement. Rashmee Singh speaks with Redeye host Lorraine Chisholm. Check out our  website  for more information about Redeye. Find us on Facebook and like our  page  for regular...
Topics: missing and murdered women, First Nations, Aboriginal women, Stephen Harper, national inquiry, Tina...
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For LGBTQ athletes, coming out remains a strong taboo in both amateur and professional sports. Standing on the Line follows three athletes who have chosen to break the code of silence and stand up in support of their community. Paul Émile d’Entremont’s new film has its world premiere at the DOXA film festival in Vancouver on Sunday May 12. Paul Émile d’Entremont joins us in our studio.
Topics: LGBTQ, sport, athletes, film, documentary, hockey, football, arts
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In September a UN working group said it was deeply concerned by “the structural racism that lies at the core of many Canadian institutions.” Dr. Lynn Jones chairs the Nova Scotia chapter of the Global Afrikan Congress. She has worked for decades researching the history of African Canadians in Nova Scotia.   Check out our website for more information about Redeye. Subscribe to our podcast on iTunes.
Topics: racism, African Canadians, Africville, Nova Scotia, inequality
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Close to 4 million Canadians can’t afford to eat well or get enough food to keep hunger at bay. Food insecurity is about more than just access to food - it’s also about poverty, and BIPOC people are disproportionately impacted. We talk with Leslie Campbell, who oversees FoodShare Toronto's school and community based programs. 
Topics: racism, race, BIPOC, food, insecurity, hunger, poverty, Black, Indigenous, justice
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The Canadian government has announced that the final provisions of the Secure Air Travel Regulations are now in force. These new regulations modify Canada’s No Fly List regime but, according to the International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group, they do not address the basic problems that plague the system and continue to result in the undermining of individuals’ rights as they travel. We talk with Tim McSorley, national coordinator of the International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group.
Topics: No, Fly, List, air, travel, human, rights, racism, profiling, discrimination, civil, liberties,...
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The current Covid-19 pandemic has us questioning the relationship between the density of cities and the spread of the coronavirus. The conventional wisdom says that more people, living closer together, results in a deadlier outbreak. Patrick Condon of UBC’s School of Architecture disagrees. We spoke with him on April 30.
Topics: Covid-19, pandemic, cities, NYC, density, disease, inequality, design, covid-19, urban